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File:BenjaminMPalmerYoung.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Benjamin M. Palmer. '''Benjamin Morgan Palmer''' (January 25, 1818 – May 25, 1902), an orator and Presbyterian theologian, was the first Moderator of the General Assembly|moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America. As pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, his Thanksgiving sermon in 1860 had a great influence in leading Louisiana to join the Confederate States of America. After 1865 he was minister in the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Palmer was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Edward Palmer and the former Sarah Bunce. He was educated at Amherst College from 1832 to 1834. He taught school for two years and then attended the University of Georgia from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1838. At UGA he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society. From...
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